The first two and a half terms of this school year have gone fairly smoothly, as far as the actual school work goes. Sure we have had meltdowns trying to get dressed, drama over the fancy dress ball and a few mornings we didn’t think we’d get there at all.
At our parent teacher interview at the end of term one A’s teacher was full of praise for him, she had no concerns. He had mastered the art of bottling up his frustrations until I picked him up in the afternoons. Term two came and went, A was doing so well the teacher didn’t even request an interview. Come term three and we start “have a go writing.” A is in Prep, for kids turning 5 by 30 June of the school year. For most kids it is their first year at school. For A it is the second as he did kindy last year.
“Have a go writing” is where the children are asked to have a go at writing a sentence. They have learned about 40 sight words and are now learning to sound out words. The task is to write a sentence about whatever they like, or sometimes the teacher gives them a topic…. Like “My favourite colour is…” When they get to a word they don’t know they are just expected to have a go at writing it. It doesn’t matter if it’s wrong. As long as the sentence makes sense and they can read it back to the teacher that’s fine.
Sounds simple enough? Not for A. His teacher pulled me aside one morning as I took A into his classroom. She was concerened about his anxiety level, and how stressed he was getting. A has suffered from anxiety his whole life. But this was the first time it was causing an academic issue. He was getting so worked up that his fingers were shaking from gripping the pencil so tightly and his shoulders were tense and hunched over. …continue reading